As I struggled with my grief over the reality this comic portrays, I was further outraged by the fact that the source was one of those thieving photo-dump sites which plastered their watermark on it not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES, with no credit or link to the artist. Adding further insult to injury, the site named the file "cool-comic-geek-woman-fat-costume.jpg"
Allow me a moment to scream in inarticulate rage.
However, there is hope in the world. The artist is Paige Hall, and when I finally tracked down her Tumblr blog this was her most recent update, posted less than an hour ago:
Teachers are awesome, you guys. Mega kudos to that one.
(Paige also has an art Tumblr where she did a painting of the PonPonPon girl. Ha! Love it.)
Paige, if you read this, know that we love you, we feel you, and we bet you looked freaking FIERCE in your Wonder Woman costume.
The jerks out there will always try to spoil our community, but they are in the minority. True geeks are the most accepting and lovable bunch out there, and I hope - I dearly hope - that you'll be so overwhelmed with positive responses and support and stories of amazing con experiences that you will not only cosplay again, but do so proudly.
Epbot readers, what say you? Let's show Paige some love today.
[Update: Just heard from Paige in the comments! Yay! So keep the comments coming, guys; she IS reading them!]